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Transit officials to hold community meeting on campus April 14

April 11, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Easing traffic congestion and improving the public transportation system are critical issues for the city, and the Vanderbilt community has the opportunity to interact with transit officials on those topics during an April 14 Food For Thought lunch conversation. “A Conversation about Mobility and Transportation in Middle Tennessee” will be...... KEEP READING »

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SEMO Celebrates National Walking Day!

April 7, 2016 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office had a great time at ‪National Walking Day with Vanderbilt Health and Wellness on April 6! Members of the Vanderbilt community marked National Walking Day by taking group walks from the Eskind Biomedical Library and Alumni Lawn to a meeting point on Library Lawn. There, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic...... KEEP READING »

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Take the Vanderbilt Active Transportation Survey

April 4, 2016 — Members of the campus community are encouraged to fill out the Vanderbilt Active Transportation Survey. Organized by the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood (HWEN), the survey will be conducted between April 3 and April 11.The collected data will be used to promote alternatives to commuting by car to campus. HWEN also hopes the survey data will...... KEEP READING »

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Speak up by hitting the pavement for campus safety walk

March 24, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join in a walking tour of campus on National Walking Day, April 6, at 2 p.m. The policy tour event will highlight bike and pedestrian safety efforts on campus. The walk will begin on 21st Avenue between the Vanderbilt Law School and the...... KEEP READING »

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How to make electric vehicles that actually reduce carbon

March 2, 2016 — Read the full story here. An interdisciplinary team of scientists has worked out a way to make electric vehicles that only are not only carbon neutral but carbon negative, capable of actually reducing the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide as they operate. They have done so by demonstrating how the graphite electrodes used in the...... KEEP READING »

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WalkBike Vanderbilt promotes safe campus travel, plans walking tour

March 1, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt is now home to a new organization, WalkBike Vanderbilt, which is working to promote a more walkable and bikeable campus. This spring, WalkBike Vanderbilt invites students, faculty and staff to join in a “policy walk,” a bike and pedestrian safety walking tour of campus. The walk will include campus...... KEEP READING »

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SEMO office moves to Wesley Place

February 25, 2016 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) office is relocating to Wesley Place on Monday February 29 and will be located in the office previously occupied by Vanderbilt Traffic and Parking. The new SEMO office is located behind CVS and Bruegger’s Bagels and across from Ben and Jerry’s at 2034 Scarritt Place. We welcome everyone...... KEEP READING »

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Eos Project funds environmental awareness planning and programming projects on campus

February 18, 2016 — Thirteen seed projects in environmental awareness and campus greening have been funded by the Eos Project, an initiative to promote greater understanding of environmental issues through diverse disciplines and channels across Vanderbilt. “We are taking a broad approach, aiming to implement permanent changes in the curricula, supporting undergrads working on environmental and social justice issues, and...... KEEP READING »

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Dr. Maulik Patel’s Lab wins 2016 basketball “Greenest Group on Campus” award

February 12, 2016 — Dr. Maulik Patel’s lab group has been named winner of the 2016 Vanderbilt Basketball Sustainability Competition. Dr. Patel’s lab staff celebrated their title of “greenest group on campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Missouri game February 10 with a catered hospitality event, tickets to the game, an autographed basketball from Coach Stallings, and an on-court award...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt receives record donation from cartridge recycling

February 11, 2016 — Guy Brown, Vanderbilt’s partner for ink and toner cartridge recycling, had a record-setting year in 2015. The overall number of cartridges recycled, the recovery rate of cartridges, and donations made from recycling proceeds were at all-time highs in 2015, resulting in the donation of $6,000 each to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,...... KEEP READING »

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Resolving the food-energy-water trilemma

January 26, 2016 — Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. Food. Energy. Water. Not only are these critical natural resources, they are also inextricably linked with each other. Water is needed to grow food. Energy is needed to pump water and to plant, grow and distribute food. Water is required to produce energy. And so on. The...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt partners with Nashville MTA to develop Transit-Hub app

January 21, 2016 — Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is now working with the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University to develop smarter and easier to use applications for commuters in middle Tennessee. As the need for public transportation increases, the need for easy-to-use and commuter friendly systems become increasingly important. The T-HUB app provides these tools...... KEEP READING »

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Pope’s call for ecological action focus of cross-disciplinary talks

January 21, 2016 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here. “On Care for Our Common Home: Philosophical, Practical and Theological Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Eco-Encyclical” will take place at Vanderbilt University Divinity School starting Jan. 22. The series of cross-disciplinary talks is designed to spark community conversations on Pope Francis’ environmental letter. Pope Francis explicitly addresses “every person living on...... KEEP READING »

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Harnessing the power of computers to create a sustainable future

January 11, 2016 — Harnessing the power of computers to help create an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future – that is the purpose of a major new grant issued by theNational Science Foundation to a new network of universities and organizations that includes Vanderbilt University. The five-year, $10 million grant is part of NSF’s Expeditions in Computing program...... KEEP READING »

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Are you the Greenest Group on Campus?

December 31, 2015 — VU Athletics, the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Waste Management, Inc. are looking for the greenest group on campus during this year’s Basketball Athletics Sustainability competition. Your group could win a catered VIP hospitality event for 20 people, 20 tickets to the game, an autographed item from Vanderbilt athletics, and on-court recognition...... KEEP READING »

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